the 1000 years Satan will be released from the pit and will begin again to
seduce numerous descendants of the saved righteous. With the help of all
unrighteous he will surround Jerusalem and Jesus will make the judgment above
the all alive again: He will separate sheep from goats (Mat.25:31-46). All
righteous will be raised up to heaven. And a fiery rain will fall on all wicked
: «Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and
brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup»
there will be the second resurrection and the judgment above the resurrected.
White taught in "Great Controversy", that the
second resurrection is
only for wicked, that all wicked
will be resurrected on earth, they will go with
the war against New Jerusalem and will be killed by a rain of fire,
which is the
lake of fire.
Before we shall discuss who will be resurrected at the second resurrection, lets
pay attention to the sequence
of the described events.
Bible clearly said that New Jerusalem will not descend on the old planet. The
attack will be directed on the restored terrestrial Jerusalem, thus there will
be alive people, not the resurrected ones.
Second, if the resurrected will go against Jerusalem with a war and will
be killed by a rain of fire, how can after that be the judgment with opening of
the books, where « the dead were judged according to their works» (20:12); with the lake of fire, where they should be thrown after the judgment? They can not be killed by the rain, and then be judged and
be thrown into the lake. Another way it would be the third resurrection.
The described Judgment (20:12) can not
take place before the attack on Jerusalem either. The wicked can not be
condemned and thrown into the lake at first, and then go with war against
E.White taught, that the wicked will be
judged during the 1000 years after the Second coming, upon the
the1000 years they will be resurrected,
will go with a war against Heavenly
Jerusalem and will
be killed by a rain of fire, which is the lake of fire.
However, the Bible tells that there the dead will stay
before God (20:12) in the Judgment. They can not go
with the war and stay before God at the same time.
this reason the described Judgment is not the same
as the attack itself either.
The attack and the Judgment are the two separate events.
Third, Bible tells that the dead will be
resurrected for the judgment: «And as it is appointed
unto men once to die, but after this the judgment» (Heb. 9:27). There is
nowhere in Bible an even a slightest hint that resurrected wicked will walk on
earth, will be gathering together, will make the plans. And in general, it is
difficult even to imagine, that the resurrected people will be full of
aggression and suddenly at once they will go with the war, not having
understood, where they are, how they have appeared here, who are around of them.
You see many of them will be too proud to follow the crowd. So even Satan will
be extremely artful, such vision exaggerates even his abilities.
for the resurrected it is simply impossible to go with the war and be
judged before God. One of these two events in relation to the resurrected
is out of place.
John has described clearly the sequence of events and by breaking it all the
sense is disappearing. Satan will gather together the wicked, who in that time
will live on Earth, against the
earthly Jerusalem. God will pour on his armies the sulfuric rain , the same one,
which was poured on Sodom and Gomorra, and thus the lake of fire will be formed
on the ground. Then the judgment of resurrected will take place. Gog already
will be in the lake of fire, thus he will not be resurrected:
«Because they regard not the works of the LORD, nor the operation of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up»
the resurrected people will stay before the judgment throne of God. The Judgment
of the resurrected will take place not on earth, but in an air: «And
I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on
it, from whose face the earth
and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I
saw the dead, small and great, stand before God» (20:11,12).
«And whosoever was not found written in the book of
life was cast into the lake of fire» (:15), which will cover all earth,
and everything on earth will be burn down.
Who will be resurrected at
the second resurrection?
White taught, that the second resurrection is only for wicked. Is that true?
saw books, by which the dead were judged, and there was the Book of Life among
of them at the judgment. “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire”(20:15). If
only the wicked will be
resurrected then why the saints
will even bother to open the Book of Life and search for names of the resurrected, you see then any of the resurrected’ name would not be written
down in this book anyway. It looks
strange at least.
(20:5) tells: “But the rest
of the dead did not
live again until the 1000
years were finished”.
It does not say that the second resurrection is
only for wicked people.
many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to
everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt»
shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and
they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation" (John
If the first resurrection was only for the perfect in faith, here it is spoken about the second resurrection. “Many
of them” means: not all, because the resurrected saints already were
heaven. These “Many of them” are
both: righteous and unrighteous, who will be resurrected together at the second
resurrection, “some to everlasting life, and some to
told, that all Christians (perfect, good and bad) in their resurrection will appear before the Judgment of God:
«For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad» (2Cor.5:10).
know that saints will be resurrected first (Rev.20:4) and will receive according
to their deeds, because in Heavenly Kingdom there more honorable places
and less honorable places will be (Mat.5:19; 11:11),
however they will not be
judged: «He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath
everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment » (John 5:24. Was
discussed in previous chapter).
Here is talking about the second resurrection when the righteous will be
resurrected together with unrighteous and unbelievers (Rev.20:12).
tells that «for
every idle word men (a righteous and a
wicked) may speak, they will give account of it in
the day of judgment» (Mat.12:36).
all people – good and bad (except of those who are perfect in faith), will be
judged in the same day of judgment.
said: «So man (good and bad)
lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens be no more, they shall not awake
»(14:12). It is told about the second resurrection, when the present heaven and the earth will be gone, and
Job did not tell, that it will be the resurrection of the wicked.
are the whole house of Israel... O my people, I will open your graves, and cause
you to come
up out of your graves... I shall place you in your own
«Wait on the LORD, and keep his
way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land : when the wicked are
thou shalt see it” (Ps.37:34).
is spoken about the second resurrection of the righteous, after which the
resurrected will live not in heaven, but on the new earth. The resurrected
will see, how during the judgment wicked people will be thrown into the lake of fire.
said: «He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not
my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall
judge him in the last day» (John.12:48). When will a non-believer
be judged? At the second resurrection, in the last day.
which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and
I will raise him up at the last day» (John.6:40; 11:24). When
will every Jesus' believer be resurrected?
In the last day.
I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the last day
upon the earth:
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet
in my flesh shall I see God:"
19:25,26). When will a Jew who
didn’t know Christ be resurrected? In the last
the second resurrection will be for all the unrighteous and all righteous who
will not reach the Kingdom of Heaven.
Whether or not the place for New Jerusalem
will be prepared on our old planet?
As it was told above, the New
Jerusalem will descend on the completely new planet, where the flat place
will be prepared for it by God. During the Second coming, when Jesus will stand
on the mount of Olives «and the mount of Olives shall
cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall
be a very great valley» (Zech.14:4), He will not prepare thus a place
for New Jerusalem on the old earth, as
many teach, it will be done with
absolutely different purpose. Further Zechariah continues: «All
the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it
shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place» (14:10).
City of Geba (or Jeba, in Hebrew – gbo) was owned by the tribe of the children of Benjamin (1Chron.6:60: Joshua 18: 24, 21:17 (In KJ Bible translated as ‘Gaba’)). What about City of Rimmon ( in Hebrew – rmun), there were a couple of them because the name of the city “Rimmon” was
the name of Syrian god (2 Kings 5:18). City of Rimmon on the north of
Jerusalem was owned by the tribe of Ephraim (1Chron.6:69). City of Rimmon,
which was on the south of Jerusalem belonged
to Judah (Josh. 15:21, 32; 19:7), afterwards it was given to Simeon (1Chron.4:32).
Rimmon mentioned in this Bible verse had been identified with Um er-Rumamin, about 13 miles south-west of Hebron
Geba to Rimmon (Um
er-Rumamin) is less than 50 miles. The
size of New Jerusalem – 12000 stadia, which is about 1500 sq.miles (KJV-Amplified
Version. Parallel Bible,Michigan,1995,p.1650). The city of size 1500 sq.miles
can not be placed on the little spot in 50 sq.miles.
Thus, it is clear
the above stated verse doesn’t speak about New Jerusalem at all. It is
speaking about the restored Jerusalem. Jesus
will split the mount of Olives in the way that around of the holy mount, where
the temple of God will be (Ezek.43:12), there will be a flat place, and
the mountain will be seen from far away: "A city
that set on a hill cannot be hid" (Mat.5:14). It will be done for
Jerusalem will be lifted up and will have a honorable position, not for
preparing a place for New Jerusalem.
Micah says: «But in the last days it shall
come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in
the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people
shall flow unto it» (Mic.4:1, also Isa.2,3). « the
mountain of the LORD of hosts (shall be called) the holy mountain»
(Zech.8:3). When after the 1000 years Gog will go with the war against
Jerusalem, he will see Jerusalem as “navel of the
earth” (Ezek.38:12), i.e. the center of the planet. (In KJ it is not
accurate translation: “midst of the land”. See Hebrew translation in www.scripture4all.org ).
Zechariah told that Jerusalem will inhabited in her own place : “But
Jerusalem will be raised up (not descend down) and
remain in its place, from the Benjamin Gate to the site of the First
Gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the royal
winepresses. It will be inhabited; never again will it be destroyed. Jerusalem
will be secure”.
Benjamin's gate was on the north side of Jerusalem. The first gate (or
the old gate - Nehemiah 3:6; 12:39) was located on the southwest. The tower of Hananeel
(Nehemiah 12:39) and the corner gate (2 Kings 14:13) were placed as two extremities
of the city. The king's wine-presses were near to the king's gardens, southward. (http://www.godrules.net/library/clarke/clarkezec14.htm
) . So you can see, that in the description of New Jerusalem nothing was said
about the corner gate, the first gate, the tower of Hananeel and king’s
winepress, when in the old Jerusalem all of these objects, including
Benjamin’s gate, existed and some of them still exist there.